After the decision in November that deemed genetically engineered salmon safe for eating — the first animal to garner such approval — the Food and Drug Administration is now treading regulatory water. On January 29, the FDA issued an...
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Soviet TV lands on moon —The first spacecraft to land on the moon without demolishing itself in the process did so on Feb. 3. The Soviet Union sent it, and it proved its feat by sending back photographs of the lunar surface...
It is ethically permissible to create “three-parent babies” in clinical experiments, as long as certain guidelines are followed, a U.S. panel of experts has concluded.
These babies result from a procedure known as mitochondrial replacement therapy, mitochondrial transfer or three-person IVF. ...
Experiments involving gene editing of human embryos have been approved in the United Kingdom, researchers announced February 1.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, a government agency that oversees reproductive research and fertility treatments,...
Broad generalizations can provide for powerful rhetoric. Whether discussing a moonshot to cure cancer or the merits of genetically modified foods, the strongest statements lump distinct things together — the dozens of types of cancer, for instance, or the myriad crops that...
Arriving home after work a few summers ago, agricultural economist Matin Qaim found several disturbing messages on his home phone. A study by Qaim had shown that small-scale farmers in India who grew genetically modified cotton had larger harvests compared with conventional cotton growers. Those better yields resulted in greater profits...
Ancient Babylonians charted Jupiter’s heavenly motion in a surprisingly modern, mathematically abstract way — a feat that until now was thought to have originated among European scholars who lived roughly 1,400 years later.
Analyses of cuneiform writing on four largely intact clay tablets show that innovative geometric calculations...
First of two (entangled) parts. Read part two.
A couple of weeks before last Halloween, physicists in the Netherlands treated the physics world with experimental proof of what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”
It’s not the first time experiments have...
Second of two (entangled) parts. Read part one.
Until his death in 1955, Albert Einstein hoped that someday science would do away with what he called spooky action at a distance.
His concern was quantum entanglement. Two entangled particles, even after traveling very far from...
Fossil hunter Mary Anning’s 1823 discovery of the first complete plesiosaur skeleton led to more than 190 years of arguing. Some claimed the marine reptile used its four flippers like the oars of a boat. Others countered that the flippers flapped through the water like bird wings.
Experiments with robots and even humans wearing plesiosaur-like flippers only fanned the flames. But a new...